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Chavez spoke with family, recovery satisfactory: minister CARACAS: President Hugo Chavez has spoken with relatives after his latest cancer surgery, and his recovery is considered satisfactory, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said.   Villegas said that although Chavez, who underwent lengthy surgery Tuesday in Cuba, faces a complex recovery process, he is "meeting the post-operative protocol in satisfactory fashion."   Chavez, 58 and re-elected to a third term in October, spoke with his immediate family and through the minister sent greetings to all the Venezuelan people.   Villegas was giving the first medical report of the day on the fourth round of cancer surgery that Chavez has undergone in a year and a half.   Chavez is recovering slowly but gradually, according to the information minister.   The Venezuelan leader is scheduled to be inaugurated January 10. The country is waiting nervously to see whether the until now tireless and endlessly outspoken populist will remain their president or become incapacitated, or worse.   Chavez has named foreign minister and vice ...

Chavez suffered CARACAS: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez experienced "complications," including bleeding, during his cancer surgery, but is showing positive signs of recovery, senior aides say.   The health of the ailing leader, who has embodied the Latin American left for more than a decade and was re-elected in October, has been the subject of intense speculation since he was first diagnosed with cancer last year.   During his latest treatment, 58-year-old Chavez suffered "bleeding that required the adoption of corrective measures," ...
Brazil sweetens terms for Rio-Sao Paulo bullet train  BRASILIA: Brazil set more attractive and less risky terms on Thursday to attract international bids to operate a high-speed train between its two biggest cities after an attempt last year found no takers.   The planned 350 km per hour (217 mile per hour) bullet train will run between Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and the fast-growing adjacent city of Campinas by 2020, said Bernardo Figueiredo, head of the government agency in charge of infrastructure projects.   The government ...
Venezuela CARACAS: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez suffered unexpected bleeding caused by a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba, the government said, although the ailing president's condition began to improve on Thursday.   The 58-year-old's health has deteriorated dramatically since he won re-election two months ago, casting doubt on the future of his "21st century socialism" project, which won him huge support among the poor but infuriated adversaries who denounce him as a fledgling dictator.    Officials said Chavez's medical team in Havana ...
Brazilian president starts first Russian visit  MOSCOW: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff began Thursday her first visit to Russia as leader of Latin America's biggest economy, vowing to forge better ties between two of the world's top emerging markets.   Rousseff met with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who told her: "Russian-Brazilian relations are at a very good level, our trade volume grew substantially over the past several years, and there are companies involved in interesting projects."   Rousseff is due to hold talks with President Vladimir ...
Venezuela warned Chavez recovery will be CARACAS: Venezuela's Vice President and acting leader Nicolas Maduro warned the nation of a tough road ahead Wednesday, saying President Hugo Chavez faced a difficult recovery from cancer surgery.   As of Wednesday night, Chavez was in stable condition, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said in a radio and TV broadcast.   But his six-hour operation Tuesday "was complex, difficult, delicate, which tells us that the post-surgery process will also be complex and difficult," Maduro, Chavez's handpicked successor, said hours ...
Chavez cancer surgery successful: vice president CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an ailing icon of the Latin American left, was recovering after a successful cancer operation in Cuba, his vice president and chosen successor said Tuesday.   A visibly moved Nicolas Maduro, to whom Chavez delegated power before undergoing a fourth round of cancer surgery in Havana, said Chavez would shortly begin a "post-operative phase" that would last several days.   "This operation ended correctly and successfully," Maduro said in an address to the nation ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
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WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
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